Animikii is always looking for meaningful ways to engage with customers and community partners; as part of this effort, Animikii has recently become a member of the CCAB’s Certified Aboriginal Business Program. The CCAB, or the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business, is a national, membership-based, business affiliate organization that spans Canada’s three coasts. The organization was founded in 1982 and has been “bridging the gap between the mainstream corporate sector and the Aboriginal community” (CCAB) ever since. The CCAB’s mission is to “foster sustainable business relations between First Nations, Inuit and Métis people and Canadian Business” (CCAB).
Animikii completed CCAB’s rigorous application and vetting process, in order to become a Certified Aboriginal Business. Animikii is a proud member of CCAB and looks forward to cultivating long, material relationships with the CCAB and with fellow members of this important organization.
CCAB offers membership opportunities for both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal organizations and members span almost every industry in the country. Members include: private corporations, Aboriginal community-owned economic development corporations, non-profit organizations and every business type inbetween. CCAB is governed by a national Board of Directors, members of which live all across the country. The organization hosts gatherings, galas and luncheons throughout the year both to celebrate progress and success and to bring awareness to important issues and projects at the intersection of Indigenous life and business. CCAB also conducts and distributes original research about the state of Indigenous business in Canada; 2015 was the organization’s second year researching and publishing “Community and Commerce” a research article focused on understanding Aboriginal Economic Development Corporations (particularly focused on Ontario in the most recent issue) and how effective these organizations are at stimulating sustainable economic growth. We look forward to this year’s Community and Commerce research article. We also always look forward to reading through CCAB’s Aboriginal Business Report, which highlights Indigenous-owned businesses from all around Canada and pieces of interest to Indigenous entrepreneurs and employees.
As a leader in Indigenous technology, it’s crucial for Animikii to maintain and grow relationships within the Indigenous business community. We hope that through our new relationship with CCAB as a member organization, we can interact with more like-minded organizations and can deepen the friendships we already have in the Indigenous business community. Much like CCAB, Animikii acts as a bridge between mainstream and Indigenous partners. We often work with mainstream business to help industry leaders understand the Indigenous business context and we often work with Indigenous businesses and entrepreneurs as a supplier and as a partner. We are excited to join CCAB and to further our own mission to bring Indigenous business to the forefront of Canadian industry.
Look for the logo to find other CCAB member organizations or take some time to search through the member directory on the CCAB website!
Article published August 30, 2016.
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